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Kristin Neff
The Bonney Endowed Chair Visiting Lecture Series
This event will be held on March 27, 2015, from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Murchison Performing Arts Center Room 132. Kristin Neff, Ph.D. Kristin...

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Jacob Farnsworth honored for Outstanding Contribution
Jacob Farnsworth has been selected as the recipient for the "Outstanding Contribution  Awa...


Avoidant coping interferes with military veterans' successful transition to university life, study shows
March 26, 2015 in All

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Military veterans who use avoidant coping strategies -- denying or minimizing distressing thoughts, experiences and emotions -- are more likely to exhibit symptoms of depression and generalized anxiety. However, emotional help and support from family members reduces the negative impacts of these conditions, according to a University of North Texas study on veterans' transition to becoming college and university students.

Counseling and wellness centers at colleges and universities -- where student veterans may seek help -- should therefore have more outreach to veterans' families, including couples counseling, the UNT researchers say.

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A Tribute To The North Texas Faculty And Staff
February 27, 2015 in All

In honor of University Faculty and Staff Appreciation Month, MeanGreenSports.com recognized the special relationships between student-athletes and their professors. MeanGreenSports.com sat down with senior pitcher Madison Thompson. Thompson, a psychology major, is a student-athlete who is committed to her work in the classroom. She was one of 37 North Texas student-athletes last year to receive the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal for posting a cumulative grade-point average above 3.75. Thompson has also been a member of the North Texas President’s List and Dean’s List.

Thompson selected Dr. Amy Murrell, a professor in the department of psychology as someone who inspired her to learn. Click here to watch the video.

Undergraduate Research Application - Now Available For Spring 2015!
January 28, 2015 in All

Attention Undergraduate Psychology Students: This is the link to our standardized application for undergraduate research assistantships. It is our intention to use this form at the beginning of each semester for people who want research experience. You only need to apply if you are not currently on a research team. Please complete it by March 15th, at the latest! FYI – faculty will be asked to review this information and get back to you by April 6th for this semester. So, if  you haven’t heard anything about getting on a research team by then, that means that you were not accepted THIS time, but you should try again next semester!


Texas Psychological Association Awards
December 2, 2014 in All

Dr.Shelley Riggs received the Outstanding Contribution to Education Award, one of our alumni, Dr. Jeff Temple (UTMB) received the Outstanding Contribution to Public Service Award, and awards for 2 posters!

Sandra Carballo, John Moorman, and Michael Barnett’s poster “Trait Narcissism, Empathy, and Gender among College Students” received the Outstanding Undergraduate Award in this year’s poster competition at the 2014 TPA Annual Convention.

McGuffin, J.J., Riggs, S.A., Newcomb, G., Romero, D., & Woolford, B. poster “Student Veteran Adjustment to College: Role of Combat Exposure and Insomnia was the TPF Poster Competition First Place Award Winner

The awards will be acknowledged on TPA’s website and in the winter 2015 issue of the Texas Psychologist.

UNT researcher helps unravel health paradox
December 2, 2014 in Clinical Health Psychology, Experimental Psychology

John Ruiz, a professor of psychology, led a study published in the Journal of Latina/o Psychology that found answers to the Hispanic Mortality Paradox, or why Hispanics in the U.S. tend to outlive non-Hispanic whites by several years — despite often having lower income and educational attainment levels often associated with shorter lives. The study, conducted with researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital, attributes the paradox to illness survival and recovery advantages. The study found that Hispanics were hospitalized significantly fewer total days during a 12-month period than both non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks, and were more likely to survive the hospital stay. Click here to read more.